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Secretary Clinton to Head U.S. Delegation to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

June 20, 2012 to June 22, 2012


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton headed the U.S. delegation to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, which took place June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Secretary met with key world leaders while at the conference.

Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, served as alternate head of delegation, and Todd Stern, Special Envoy on Climate Change, served as chief negotiator. This conference commemorates 20 years since the June 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (the “Earth Summit”).

In addition to Secretary Clinton, Administrator Jackson, and Special Envoy Stern, the U.S. Delegation included the following U.S. Government representatives:

  • Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Ambassador of the United States to Brazil
  • Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
  • Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, U.S. Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council
  • Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Department of State
  • Reta Jo Lewis, Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of State
  • Kris Balderston, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Department of State
  • Don Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Elizabeth L. Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Other members of the U.S. Delegation include technical experts from the Department of State, the United States Mission to the UN, the United States Agency for International Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy and the Treasury Department. They will also be accompanied by nine Private Sector Advisors representing business, state and local officials, nongovernment organizations, youth, women, and labor.

For more information, please visit:

06/22/2012 Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative Launch
06/22/2012 Remarks at Meeting With Staff and Families of Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
06/22/2012 Remarks at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Plenary
06/20/2012 Special Briefing by Special Envoy Todd Stern

Secretary's Schedule
Public Schedule for June 22, 2012

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